9779842084078 [email protected] Company Regd No. 286/067/068
9779842084078 [email protected] Company Regd No. 286/067/068

About Us

 Makalu Arun Social Trek (MAST) 

Dear Travelers.

Makalu Arun Social Trek (MAST) is one of the registered and government-licensed trekking companies established by SESF  in Khandbari of  Sankhuwasabha District of Eastern Nepal. Since 2010 we have been serving travelers. Our company has also been affiliated with Trekking Agency Association (TAAN) Kathmandu.

MAST exists to promote, coordinate, organize, or facilitate the Social Trekking program for our guests around the Makalu Arun Valley region of Nepal. In the program our guests enjoy trekking socially at their own pace with a local porter guide, staying at local tea houses or homestays, or camping accommodation. They consume local food and drinks and pay directly to their local service providers for their different services.

We want to offer you authentic knowledge and experience of the hilly rural areas of Nepal. Through us, you will not only trek but also interact with the local host families and observe and study their ways of life, culture, and traditions.

Since our program is community-friendly it will create jobs for local jobless youths. It will be a  great source of income for the local community and a cultural exchange opportunity between the local people and the guests visiting there.

The program will also provide financial benefits for the SESF child education program in Sankhuwasabha. We hope our program will be an environmentally, economically, and socio-culturally friendly trekking experience for the guests at a reasonable price.

Along the trekking routes, the guests are also welcomed to participate in various volunteering activities as per their choice and interests.

Tea House Accommodation
Food and Drinks
Porter guide
Getting there and away
Credibility and Safety
We Give Back

Tea  House Accommodation

In Nepalese tourism, Tea Houses are local lodges where you get food to eat and rooms with beds to sleep in during your trek.  Enjoying a  Tea House Trek means that you will sleep in these types of accommodations. Most of the popular trekking routes of Nepal like Annapurna, Everest, Langtang, Helambu as well as Makalu Base camp areas have tea-house lodges on every campsite.

Tea house standards and facilities.

The standard of accommodation and meals at the tea houses along the trekking route of Nepal is medium. Facilities are basic at many tea houses along with the Makalu Base camp Trek Route. Rooms are simple with beds and other basic needs. The mattress may be thin, so you will have to use your own robust sleeping bag.  Most tea houses have a communal bathroom downstairs that’s shared between family members. A flashlight or torch will be needed to go to the bathroom at night.

Homestays are an alternative to hotels, tea houses, and camping.  Through tea house accommodation a traveler will live in a house of a local Nepali family, have traditional food and drinks that are prepared and served in their kitchen, and stay in a room of their home. In this way, a traveler can gain first-hand experience of village life, its culture, and traditions in Nepal

Local culture and tradition.

The average Nepali family gets up early in the morning at half-past five, and we encourage you to do the same. It’s a chance to learn about Nepali breakfast recipes! Tea houses and home-stay accommodation are great ways to socialize and learn about local peoples ‘culture and tradition. Depending on the time of year, you will have the opportunity to be involved in memorable local celebrations and other local festivals.


The cost of staying at local tea houses depends on the remoteness and altitude of the place together with the standard of the rooms and services it provides to the visitors. On average, per day cost per person is around USD 10. But it may rise up to USD 30 as per the rise of the altitude.

Food and drinks.

A traditional and typical meal that is served throughout the trekking route of Nepal is “Dal Bhat”, which is essentially steamed rice (Bhat) and a lentil soup (Dal). This dish has its roots in the Himalayas and generally, it is the only meal served in tea houses and homestays along the trekking route.  Occasionally meat, like buffalo, chicken, or goat is also available. Tea houses and home-stays have good hygiene standards and the food is cooked properly.

Boiled drinking water is served on our Trekking route.  Meals are prepared with locally-sourced production and common ingredients include local spices, herbs, and chilies. Tea is a Nepali tradition and a symbol of hospitality is served hot with sugar, milk, or spices.

But sometimes you may be tired of having Dal Bhat morning and evening. And so you may like to have some special food like noodles or omelets or any other kinds of food.  If you like to have such special food, you will have to tell your porter guide. He will try his best to satisfy your desire.   


The cost of staying at local tea houses depends on the remoteness and altitude of the place together with the standard of the rooms and services it provides to the visitors. On average, per day cost per person is around  USD 10. But it may rise up to  USD 30 as per the rise of the altitude.


 Local Porter guide

As much as possible MAST hires local porter guides who are robust, well experienced, and are completely familiar and expert in the trekking route. They have extensive knowledge of local geography and local flora and fauna, natural environment,  local people,  cultures, customs, and traditions. The guide is familiar with the best local tea house owners with good food and accommodation facilities.

The behavior of the porter guide.

A guide can speak basic English can communicate with you. We believe a porter guide should have a good moral character. He should not drink and get drunk. He should take care of our guests and their luggage very well. He should try his best to help to make your trekking experience authentic enjoyable and hassle-freeMore importantly, he should ensure our guests that they are staying at the safest and most comfortable tea houses or homestays throughout the trek. 

Luggage   and equipment

 In our program, a porter guide can carry about 15 to 20 kg of baggage and lead the trek. He will help our guests to climb up and go down the route. He will help him/her to cross the small streams and suspension bridges. Our porter guide should wear strong shoes and woolen socks. He should have a robust jacket, a good dress, and a cap to protect him from cold.

Insurance  and communication

Our porter guides are fully insured for Rs. 500000. A porter carries a mobile phone so that he can contact us in case of emergency.

Flight Service:

Tumlingtar  Airport is one of the best domestic airports in Nepal.  There are two Nepalese Air Companies providing their service. They are :

  • Buddha Air
  • Yeti Air

Both air companies operate their daily flights from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar airport to Kathmandu. The flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar takes about 35 minutes. All flight times and routes are subject to favorable weather conditions.

At Tumlingtar Airport, you will have to reserve a jeep to get to your already booked hotel or your destination in Khandbari.

Bus Service:

There is a direct night bus Service (Bus fare Rs. 2000 per person)from  Kathmandu to Khandbari. The night bus leaves at 3 pm from  Koteswar, Kathmandu, and arrives in Khandbari at about 10 am the next morning. This is a long about 20 hours including a whole night difficult journey. However, if you are used to traveling long difficult journeys by bus,   we think you can also enjoy traveling by bus from Kathmandu to  Khandbari and from Khandbari to Tumlingtar at the cheapest fare.

Local Porter guides

We want to suggest all our guests enjoy trekking around the Himalayan region of Nepal with a  good well-experienced guide. Almost all our porter guides are employed from the local community. So they are very much familiar with the trekking route, our guests ‘destination local geography, places, and people. They are all well experienced, strong, and have been to the destination many times. They carry a mobile phone so that they can contact us and inform us about your condition of you from time to time.

Equipment and materials.

We suggest our guests carry warm clothe and a raincoat in case of a sudden change in weather.  You need good trekking sticks and very good strong trekking boots.   Since you need enough water to drink we suggest bringing a water filter or water purification tablets.  Please also bring some energy giving food like biscuits so that you have them while you are hungry.  We also suggest you visit a site like this website   for more  information about safety measures while trekking in Nepal.


Profit for social service

Instead of distributing the income generated from this business among our committee members,  we invest it to support the SESF educational scholarship program for orphaned, hapless poorest children around Sankhuwasabha of Eastern Nepal.

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